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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Lee vs Choi

Well, the Cubs acquired Derreck Lee from the Marlins for Hee Seop Choi and a player to be named later. While I don't think the trade is terrible for either team I think the Marlins got the better of the deal.

  • Choi is younger at 24 than Lee at 28

  • Choi has the potential to be a 100 walk, 25 homerun player for the next 10 years

  • Lee is likely at or very near his peak production although his homerun totals should go up some in Wrigley Field

  • Lee walks a good amount which is great and is solid at 1B and to that extent the Cubs are getting a known quantity

  • Lee makes $4.5M and Choi $300K so what the Cubs are essentially doing is paying for a known quantity rather than taking the risk on a player that very well might be better

  • In the end, for the difference you're going to get between the two (Lee may outperform Choi the next year or two) it's probably not worth it in the long run. I would have stuck with Choi.

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